Mexico’s disappeared continues to rise

shutterstock_24590917Al Jazeera , 9/29/2013

Mexico’s mountain of unsolved disappearances continues to rise despite President Enrique Pena Nieto’s promise to tackle the problem which has devastated thousands of families since 2006. The disappearance of four people within six days close to the US border recently exposed the cruel mix of state corruption and organised crime still blighting the lives ordinary folks on Mexico’s mean streets.

“Mexico today has the worst crisis of disappearances in Latin America, arguably the world,” Nik Steinberg, senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, told Al Jazeera. “That there is still no single unified definition and many state authorities have no idea how to investigate disappearances shows the government has failed to take the problem seriously.”

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Human Rights Watch: armed forces initiative insufficient (in Spanish)

El Universal, 11/11/2010

José Miguel Vivanco, the director of Human Rights Watch (HRW), met with the PRI senators in charge of the military justice code reform, Jesús Murillo Karam and Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, which would allow crime committed by members of the armed forces to be tried by civilian authorities.

Arriving at the Senate building, Vivanco once again questioned President Felipe Calderón’s proposal, sent October 19th, admitting he was worried about the “rhythm” of dicussion in the Senate.

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